RWCS Foundation

RWCS Foundation and Pottery Museum of Red Wing News

This page is devoted to news from the RWCSF for RWCS members. 

2020 Meetings begin at 9 am

Saturday, April 18                              Regular BOD Meeting

Monday, July 6                                  Regular BOD Meeting

Saturday, November 14                    Regular BOD Meeting and Annual Meeting

Meeting Location unless otherwise stated:
Pottery Museum of Red Wing
240 Harrison St

For more information on the Foundation meetings please contact their Char Henn at 651-327-2220 or


2019 RWCS Members Only Auction Preview

The 2018 Auction will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019, at River Bluff Education Center located at 395 Guernsey Lane (adjacent to Red Wing High School) at 4:30 pm.

In order to bid at the auction, you must be a member and registered for the 2019 RWCS Convention.


The numbers on each photo are in NO WAY affiliated with the LOT NUMBER for the actual auction. It is simply a number to upload photos in a random way.


Chapter Meeting Schedule

The RWCS Chapters plan meeting all year long hosted either in a members home or public meeting place. Visitors are welcome to attend any Chapter Meeting, simply contact the Chapter President. The contact information can be found on our Website Chapter Page or email

2019 Meeting Schedule

Badger Chapter

Saturday, October 5th – 11:00
The Depot in Oconomowoc, WI
Contact Diana Bailey, Chapter Treasurer

Golden State – California
All meetings start at 1:00pm

Locations change, so contact:  Mike Robinson at, or text to 209 471-4083

December 14, 2019
TANAKA – Stockton

2020 Meetings

March 9, 2020
SHELDON – Stockton
June 13, 2020
Benefit Auction
September 12, 2020
BERTALON – Healdsburg
Meeting by the pond

Meeting information Contact Mike Robinson
(209) 463-5179

Gopher Chapter – 2019 Meetings

November 9, 1:00 pm
Sue & Svenn Borgersen
1529 McCarthy Road
Eagan, MN

Larry Roschen
Gopher Chapter Secretary

Michelle & Roger Mueller
10736 Perry Dr N
Brooklyn Park, MN

Lewis & Clark Chapter
Saturday, Sept. 28
Williston, ND
Noon Lunch, meeting at 2pm
Contact: Diane Lippert,

Trails West Chapter (KS, MO)

19 October – Blue Springs, MO

Contact Debbie Mischke at bmischke@centurytel.netI

Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club

Oct 8, 5:30 at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Red Wing Lotus Vase, H 510


My name is Barb. I sent a few pics of this vase. It is roughly 10 and three quarter inches in height at the top lip; roughly 5 and a half inches wide at the belly; there are about 5 chips at the base.
Was wondering what value this item may be worth?
Thank you, will wait for your response.

Answer: These can be quite valuable in mint condition. Damage in art pottery sends it plummeting. Even with damage, you might get $20 for this. Mint they are currently $150-200 for most shapes.

Convention Supplements

Each year the RWCS Executive Director works closely with the Red Wing Republican Eagle staff to produce our annual Convention Supplement. This resource is the main source of information during the Convention in Red Wing. It includes a schedule of activities, education session, as well as articles on what is going on in the Red Wing Collectors Society.

The Convention Supplement will be available online after the Convention. This information is available beginning with the 2006 Supplement.

2019 Convention Program

2018 Convention program

2017 Convention Supplement

2016 Convention Supplement

2015 Convention Supplement

2014 Convention Supplement

2013 Convention Supplement

By Year        
2005 1999 1994 1988
2010 2004 1998 1993 1987
2009 2003 1997 1992 1986
2008 the education page separate 2002 1996 1991 1985
2007 2001 1995 1990  
2006 2000   1989  

Events, Activites, and MORE during Convention Week #RWCSCON40

The RWCS has many events and activities lined up to make your Convention experience memorable.

Crock Hunt – July 1 -9
Discover new places to eat, shop, and see in Red Wing, MN. Join your fellow members and check out the Crock Hunt page to see the sites and follow the list “carefully” to see the best path.

Hands On Class – Friday and Saturday
Make or buy your own #40 or Wing to take home this Convention. Learn more on Hands On Class page!

CROCK FEST – Friday Night 5pm -6:30pm
Collector Night at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. This after-hours event is your time to gather with your member friends, get an intimate look at the museum and connect up for the evening. Come check out the silent auctions and door prizes! Visit the Crock Fest page to learn more.

Banquet – Saturday Night
Stay one more day and join your fellow collectors for dinner at Mount Frontenac! Enjoy dinner, the view of Lake Pepin and of course door prizes! Buy your tickets today by calling 800-977-7927. See more details on the Banquet page.

City of Red Wing Event All Week!
Coming for the 4th of July or looking for other events in Red Wing? There’s events like amateur baseball games, ice cream socials and concerts in the park! Keep checking the Convention Week– Things to do in Red Wing Page.

RWCS announces MidWinter to Return to Iowa in 2017

RED WING, MN  –  The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) is excited to announce its annual MidWinter GetTogether will return to the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, February 24-26, 2017.  This is the same location where event was held from 2001 to 2014.

In addition to changing the location, the RWCS has also moved the event to the last weekend of February. Over the past decade, driving conditions and cold temperatures have made it a challenge for many RWCS members to commit to traveling to MidWinter.

“It is our hope that by moving to later in February, the weather will be better and members will travel with confidence to MidWinter in Des Moines next year,” says RWCS President Larry Birks.

The RWCS appreciates the spectacular hospitality of the Badger and Wisconsin chapters during MidWinter’s time in Wisconsin, where the event was held for the past two years. The organization hopes to return to Wisconsin in the future.

“The warm welcome and support of RWCS members in Wisconsin will be remembered by those who attended MidWinter these past two years,” Birks adds.

MidWinter has been an annual event for the RWCS for more than 15 years. It is an opportunity for members to keep their collecting interest and passions burning until the annual RWCS Convention in Red Wing, MN in July. With a theme of “Ruby Red Wing”, the 2016 Convention slated for July 7-9 will celebrate the organization’s 40th Annual Convention.

The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail or log on to You can also join the RWCS page on Facebook and follow the group on Twitter at

2 gallon advertising crock Bause advertising and butter pail



Thanks for your recent appraisals. I have a couple more items I would like your opinion on.

The first one is a 2 gallon advertising crock which appears to be Redwing. It belongs to a co-worker of mine. She is from northern Wisconsin and it has been in her family for many years. I think it’s a great piece! Sorry to say, it has a hole drilled in the base.  ?

The second item is a butter crock which I acquired at a yard sale in Red Wing during last summers Convention. I recently was able to purchase the lid, which I believe is correct. The lid has a glazed over chip on the rim and the crock has 2 small chips on the base.




Andy, the 2 gallon advertising crock is a great piece.  It is to bad that someone drilled a hole in the bottom of it. Value with the hole drilled $800 to $1000.  Your Red Wing butter jar with lid and two small base chips, $175 to $200.   Al Kohlman

Red Wing 5 gallon koverwate


Hello,  my name is Maureen.  I’d like to downsize my many decades of collecting, including crocks.  I particularly like advertising and designs in blue.  I’d like to start with my koverwate.  It’s 10″ in diameter, a very blue 5 inside base, 5 holes in base, 2 on each side, and a very blue square on side, stamped koverwate with 6 following lines. No cracks or chips, 2 very light hairline lines(?) about 1 or 2″ long inside base, but very solid under base. Glaze is shiny, smooth, and the shade of all my stamped red wings.  It’s coloring is very nice.  I’d appreciate info on it’s value.

Thank you,  Maureen


Maureen, with the 2 very tight hairlines, your Red Wing 5 gallon koverwate would have a value right around $150.  Red Wing collectors love their koverwates, however, they want them mint and even though the hairlines are tight and only 1 to 2 inches long, they are just that hairlines.   I wish you well with your downsizing.  Al Kohlman

North Star I gal albany glazed jar, signed


Hello Al,

I have not been able to find any information on this marked slop jar I purchased (small chip on base) … Also, I have an opportunity to buy a North Star preserve 1 gallon albany glazed jar, but I am not sure what to purchase it for … it does have two small chips on lip … Any info on value on these would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!



A one gallon NS jar would sell for about $225.

The signed slop jar is very difficult to find and valued about $800-1000.